297. That’s the magic number folks. That’s how many consecutive starts that Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre’s streak will ended at Monday night. Though counting his playoff starts you can raise that number to 321. Favre’s streak began on September 27, 1992 against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lambeau Field with a 17-3 victory.
The streak, which Colts QB Peyton Manning would need over five seasons worth of games to break, lasted 6,652 days or 18 years, two months and 16 days according to timeanddate.com. When the streak started I was 1 year, 7 months and 20 days old and living in Lewisville, Texas. I’m now 19 years, 10 months and six days old and a sophomore in college at Arkansas State University.
What was life like back in the last week of September 1992?
- The Last of the Mohicans, starring Daniel Day-Lewis and directed by Michael Mann had just been released on the 25th.
- Garth Brooks released his album The Chase on the 22nd and the single charts were topped by the Boyz II Men song “End of the Road” which was on its way to breaking Elvis Presley’s 36 year record of weeks at number one.
- On the television, the shows “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper” and “Mad About You” both premiered that week.
- The average cost of unleaded gas that year was $1.12 a gallon, while it’s $2.78 this week in Jonesboro.
- The average cost of new home was $122,500; a new car: $16,950 and the average income that year was $30,030.
*information gathered from wikipedia and www.thepeoplehistory.com
It’s a whole new century and we’ve had four different presidents since Favre’s streak began. Where were you back in September of 1992 compared to December of 2010?